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Lea Anderson - 'Pronounced Lee' Interview

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?
I created my album for people who need authentic, honest songs with pure emotional content. Like me! I took notice in the feedback I was getting from my song “Real Love” --- I heard repeatedly that it was moving, organically beautiful, and made you want to fall in love. I realized, as an artist; it is my responsibility to provide music in that lane. I’m not just a singer; I am a healer and minister, too. Why give you one song when I can give you fourteen? 


What inspired the title 'Pronounced Lee’?

Since my album is my testimony, it could have easily been a self-titled project. But people say my name wrong. ALL. THE. TIME. It’s a forgivable mistake if you’ve read it once. But after a while, it becomes a matter of respect. If someone can pronounce Constantine, or Socrates, or Shakespeare, you can pronounce my one syllable name correctly. I have to teach people how to pronounce my name before I can have a self-titled album or else everyone would be talking about someone who isn’t actually me. You are disrespecting yourself when you allow people add letters and sounds to your name. So that’s who I made the name of my album a lesson.


If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

I would love to make “Sistah” a duet with India.Arie. I’d appreciate the Weekend’s spin on “More Than I Could”. Ultimately, if Bobby Humphrey decided to come out of retirement and redo the entire LP, adding more flute and teaching me her game in the process, I would faint. 


Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc.

I wrote all of my lyrics and they came first before anything—-I must make that clear. I don’t write to beats. No one writes for me. I invented the melodies and wrote my story first. Once that was set, the climate of the song chose the instrumentalists and producers. It’s not whom you know, but whom you connect with. Who aligns with your vision and decides that they want to be apart of your dream, too. Everyone who performed on this LP, have been heaven sent. I’m honored to have the King, Asante “Tut” Amin produce/compose “Love Yah!” He was born in New Orleans and gave all of that down bottom on this track. It’s a juke joint and sounds like the best parts of the dirty south. “Skin” was perfect for my peaceful and loving homie/producer/composer Brian Fender, who added his Scorpio, island vibes. I wanted something I could meditate to, and he delivered. He played every instrument on “Skin,” too! I didn’t know Warren Fields beforehand, but I knew he was the best I could find when he understood my weird time signature in “Know Me”. He not only gave it what I asked for, but his expertise and pure emotion could match the distress of my greatest heartbreak. It was allowance to practically cry on the track without telling me to fall back in sake of the piano. He enveloped my tone and let my voice lead. Which is what is supposed to happen in R&B music.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Well it changes everyday ---Right now it’s “Inspiration.” It sounds like South Carolina: where I spent most of my life. It’s a reminder of where I came from, where I started, and why I still pursue music as a career. I dedicate that song to the network of supporters that I’ve had since day one: my parents especially. I was inspired by long time, hometown friend, Dane Smith after meeting his daughters for the first time. “Inspiration” is my current anthem. Let your inspiration help you become more inspiration. 

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I saw Mariah Carey perform “Can’t Let Go” live on TV when I was like 4? Maybe? I got chills. I was rather young, and I didn’t understand the content of the song but I knew her voice was a force. Her voice was was larger than Mariah Carey herself. At that moment, I suddenly felt that I had the capacity to move people through music the way she moved me. Overtime, I became obsessed with making people “feel” music that there wasn’t any question of what else I could be doing. Every plan B (other jobs) failed. Plan A (music) always worked out. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

I have so many dreams and tons of ideas. I’m not certain that this dream is complete until I travel afar and perform my music spreading my sounds. Like I said before, music is a ministry. Like every great spiritual leader: Jesus, Buddha, and Muhammad—-they all traveled sharing their teachings, touching people individually one by one. An artists dream isn’t fully accomplished until they do the same. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more.

 Yes. As a black woman I am probably the most stereotype’d demographic. Someone once told me that it’s uncommon for me to be 1. Sweet 2. Intelligent 3. Talented and 4. “That” pretty. I should have something wrong with me because allegedly most black women do have some sort of flaw. But I know plenty of women of all races who are just as sweet, intelligent, talented and beautiful as I am. And just because we are of a certain race, doesn’t mean we cannot be all of those qualities without being angry. It’s actually normal to find black women that are beautiful inside and out based on my experience. Women can work together and we do get along. We aren’t whores: we are queens. Being Stereotype’d is basically what my song “Sistah” is about. 


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

 Everyday. I am leading by example and thriving. Growing more as an artist is breaking my stereotype. I don’t have many memories of a day of Middle School or High School where someone, whether a student or teacher told me that I was ugly and/or that I couldn’t sing. Their bitter advice was that I stay in my small town and just be a teacher. Probably because that’s what people have told them. There’s nothing wrong with being a teacher—-but that’s what was expected of me upon graduating High School. So just by me living in NYC, performing, recording and being my dreams and am breaking the stereotype. Crossing one thing after the next off of my long-term music goal list is breaking the Stereotype.


My Website
 

Apple Music: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pronounced-lee-deluxe/1453898692?app=itunes

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/pronounced-lee-deluxe/1453898692?app=itunes

Amazon Music: https://www.amazon.com/Pronounced-Lee-Deluxe-Lea-Anderson/dp/B07NZWZ7TN

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/168UjVXG4cLVEp5NUTh2e4?si=8tlZoQ_ES9i64lj9FVS6rg

Tidal: https://tidal.com/album/104482644

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Lea_Anderson_Pronounced_Lee_Deluxe?id=Bxbilqvdrmenlllpqwnrolf5qym

Deezer: https://www.deezer.com/en/album/88028722

Mike Palmerton is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano

“What Makes You Not Like The Other Kids?

What makes me not like the other kids is simple. I got caught up with drugs early in life; I am now 5 years opiate free. I know I have made many mistakes along the way but, I own them. The difference is, I always try to learn from my past. I don’t let my mistakes hold me back. I find a way to shine a positive light on any negative situation. Now, I am chasing my dream of succeeding in the music industry with a new, positive outlook. My message through music is important and I refuse to let anything or anyone prevent me from having my voice be heard. In addition to writing my songs, I have been writing daily inspirational messages on my social media that will be compiled for publication in the form of a book. My books will be accompanied with photographs that are specific to the message. As I chase my dreams, I am trying to help others live their dreams.

My original music will be centered around becoming addiction free and being positive. I am in support of Kids Escaping Drugs (KED) as a Face2Face member while promoting the Christopher A. Palmerton Jr. Foundation. The foundation was formed by my uncle who lost his son, my cousin, to a heroin overdose. The foundation has provided a grant to help sustain “Palmerton Place” on the KED Renaissance Campus.

The program is important to me because I have lost family and friends to addiction alongside of almost losing myself. Palmerton Place offers reintegration services for young women who are 14-23. Kids who are at risk by returning home after residential treatment are given the opportunity to go to Palmerton Place where they can remain on campus while maintaining their positive reinforcement. Palmerton Place allows them to pursue new opportunities such as education, employment, etc. I hope to show these young adults that anything is possible, despite their current state.

What also makes me different is that when I was struggling with addiction, I said “help.” I made the choice to attend the KED Renaissance House which opened my eyes to living without opiates. Most people are afraid to ask or don’t like to ask for help but, asking for help is okay. It can open the door to a positive life. Don’t be intimidated to say I need help, be unlike the other kids. Find your solace, find your peace, find your happiness. I learned to not worry about “fitting in” or “being cool.” Life is better when you make the choice to be your own person. If you are struggling with any darkness, seek your way out. Life can be beautiful when you maintain a positive outlook.”

“How do you dream?

I guess you could call me a perpetual dreamer. I dream when I fall asleep, I dream when I’m awake, I don’t stop dreaming. The key to achieving your dreams is formulating a plan and sticking to the plan. My father always pushed an important lesson on me, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” I look at dreams as a blueprint to your future, your true needs and wants. Dreams are more than just a figment of your imagination. Day and night, I dream about being a legacy in the music industry, as a performer and motivator with an encouraging message. Your thoughts can be an endless trail of possibilities. When you are brainstorming how to achieve your dream, document every idea. Revisit these ideas to formulate a strategy to make your dream come true. I feel like “nothing is impossible” and “never say never” are more than simple quotes. They are philosophies that I live by. Without dreams, what would we be? As KED states, “through guiding lives and giving hope, we empower adolescents and families to be successful on their journey of recovery from the disease of addiction.” That is my biggest dream, to help battle addiction. Don’t. Stop. Dreaming. #DreamChaser”

IG: @mikepalmerton

Christopher A. Palmerton Jr. Foundation: https://www.palmertonfoundation.org/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcXRog-GR5nwQfBzqr29AIg

Tobin Osusky is Not like the other kids

Amanda Giordano

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When they die, they’re dead. When I died, I came back a Superhuman version of my self, stronger and smarter than ever. Since my actual death in 2003 I have achieved all of my dreams without hesitation.


I broke my neck and back and now I work to Rehabilitate others with Spinal Cord Injuries and Traumatic Head Injuries. 

During my healing process, Amethyst Crystals sped up my healing process; now I work for the planets most successful Crystal Mining & Wholesale company. 

I founded and own a wildly influential Holistic Fitness brand named Qinesis, that has majorly improved the fitness consciousness in Northern NJ/NYC over the last 5-8 years, across the board forcing Industry Leaders to adapt to the change we initiated.


I also design all clothes and products for THNK also known as The High Nature Kids.

I am a board member for several Non-Profits focused on feeding and clothing the Homeless of NJ, also Outdoor Education and Natural Awareness programs. 

I want you to be happier.

Respect the DJ Interview with Dj Architect

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into DJing?

Being a DJ was always my wish of becoming one,even as a kid,I was fascinated by the scratch,and the sound that DJ makes by moving record back and forth. But unfortunately I didn’t have opportunities in my country, where I could go and learn such things. But in 2009 one of Serbian best DJs, opened his workshop and I spent there next 4 years,learning how to mix, beatjugle, scratch etc. Where in 2015 I decided to apply for IDA (International Dj Association), which my country didn’t have rights to apply, but I managed to win a wild card and enter the competition, and represent Serbia. Ending up in semi finals, which was a huge success for me.
After that my career began. I started doing so many shows, as resident and as guest around the world.

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

As I mentioned in the previous question,I spent 4 years learning in workshop all the techniques,and beside that,practiced every day at home for about 5-7 hours a day.

What did your first set up look like?

My first set up looked like it looks even today. I saved my money to buy myself pair of turntables and a decent mixer. I’m a turntabelist, so I use turntables and mixer, but I also know how to work on CDJ’s and controllers so my abilities are not a problem. But my main set up is a pair of turntables and mixer.

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What does your current set up look like?

My current setup looks same as the first day. Only that I have added couple controllers to help me spice my sets a bit. Beside Traktor Z2 mixer and pair of turntables I use X1 and F1 controlers to manage my effects,cues,loops and samples much easier.

How did you get your DJ/Artist name?

Well, I’m actually architect by profession, so…I’m still doing architecture and design cuz its my first love, but I’m doing only projects that I think that are worth of doing them, and if I see that the project is challenging.
I don’t do any simple projects and stuff that high school students can do in their free time.

If you could DJ at any 3 events/festivals what would they be?

3 events that I’m still dreaming about are EDC, ULTRA and TOMORROWLAND. Of course there is Coachella and Hard Summer but the top 3 that would make my dream come true are the first 3 I mentioned.

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If you could DJ in any 3 cities what would they be?

Hmmmm there are a lot of them I could think of, but Sydney, Las Vegas, and Miami are the top 3.

If you could be a tour DJ for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?

Of course first person would be Drake, then maybe Future, and Migos. Hip Hop was part of my whole life, been listening to it when I was a kid, till today.

What is your goal when you play live?

My goal when I play live is to make crowd happy and to see them enjoy my set. That’s all I want.
Because the energy that I give to the crowd is the energy that’s  twice stronger when they return it back.

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What's your go to song right now?

My go to song right now would be Rampage by Gravedgr.

What is your dream as a DJ?

My dream as a DJ would be accomplishing things I have set up for myself. And that’s playing on the best festivals in the world, have a track that would be a hit and sell millions, and make a collaborations with some of the artists that have been my idols since I was a kid.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a DJ?

The best advice I could give to someone who wants to become a DJ would be, to work hard every day all day, to be different then others, and don’t be a copy cat. Be unique. And always work on yourself and always improve.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

People can listen my music on:
Spotify: https://goo.gl/v31iMZ

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/djarchitectmusic

And all other music platforms (iTunes, Deezer, Tinder, Beatport, Google Play etc)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/djarchitectmusic

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/djarchitectmusic

Twitter: https://twitter.com/deejayArchitecT

Respect the Shooter Interview with Filippo Gabriele

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get into photography/videography? 

Thanks to my brother because he bought an old Sony mirrorless that I started playing with. Then my two friends Eman and Mauro Lamanna, respectively singer and actor, hired me to follow them as a photographer on their tour. From then on I have always been passionate about this world.

What did you first use to take photos?

A cheap sony a3000 and soon after I bought a fujifilm x-t1 with a 18-55 f2.8 / 4.

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I have a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Calabria and I have never attended a photography course. My training consists in spending many days photographing and read many, but many books of photography.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

Yes, It’s Characoal. I was watching a documentary talking about Caracol that is a large ancient Mayan archaeological site, located in the Cayo District of Belize. And on the same day I watched a program that talked about a beautiful African feline, the Caracal. Both documentaries really fascinated me. Because of this, I merged those words and that has given rise Characoal.

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If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

David Gilmour, Barack Obama and Emma Watson

If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Salvador Dalì

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

Probably Firenze, Amsterdam and Sapporo

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What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

Always impressed me how much emotion you can convey with a picture and my goal is to create something unusual that arouse strong feelings


What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I listen basically jazz, ambient, rock progressive and rap. Some examples: Pink Floyd, Odesza, Bonobo, Alt-J,Grant Green, Kendrick Lamar and Weather Report.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

It’s Instagram, because I can share my works quickly and with many people.

Photo of The day by GoPro, Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella (Calabria).

Photo of The day by GoPro, Arco Magno, San Nicola Arcella (Calabria).

What is your dream as a photographer?

My dream is to become an official photographer of some great editorial editorial staff. And also that my photos being recognizable by the style I can give on them.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

The advice I can give is to be patient and decisive. The world of photography is very difficult, to be able to emerge we must create something highly creative and innovative. In addition you need to create your own style and colors. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

You can find me on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, 500px, yourshot.nationalgeographic

https://www.instagram.com/characoalphotos/

https://www.facebook.com/Characoalphotos/

https://twitter.com/CharacoalPhotos

https://500px.com/characoalphotos

https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/1657932/

V-Henny is Not like the other kids Interview

Amanda Giordano

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I’m not like the other kids because even as a child, I was always full of questions, curious about with what life has to offer, hard-headed, a risk taker and never satisfied by mediocrity. I found myself writing to ease my deep rooted pain as I listened to the words from a song to see if they too, can relate. I went from writing poetry to writing Hip Hop lyrics, transitioning into radio which then opened up another chapter, event planning. Although I’ve failed many times, I always manage to get back up. A kid with a broken paint brush, who never gives up, always sees the vision and paints a bigger picture.  

I believed in dreaming big even when it caused fear in my heart and soul. Life will always be beautiful. Precisely the reason I take chances when it comes to following my dreams. I appreciate the experiences and the lessons from it all. I’m a girl from The Bronx that had an unstable and challenging childhood. A girl who dropped out of high school at the age of 16, just a kid who decided not to quit and get her G.E.D. A dreamer who decided to follow her path, that of a dreamer. To work hard, sleepless nights and be consistent, as she day dreams.  

I’m not like the other kids, unlike the 98% of them, they grew up and life forced them to change their goals and dreams. I continue to dream big. I continue to have passion and dedication, knowing that there’s more to life, wanting to be heard, help others and make my dreams come true. 

 

I am not like the other kids Because 

I am an Artist

I am an Entrepreneur

I am a Fighter  

I Am a Dreamer

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Respect the Producer Interview with Noras Audio

Amanda Giordano

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How did you get your name?

By working hard. Beside producing as much as I can, I spend a lot of time engaging with the community and my followers. I’m always open to criticism, because I know that can make me a better producer. I’m probably not the most talented producer, but I believe hard work can equal that easily. As a ghost producer I have some regular clients for who I make music. Beside that I also did some marketing jobs for music brands on my Instagram. I also try to help anyone who reaches out to me for advice. It takes a lot of time, but I know that people appreciate that a lot. 

How did you get into Producing?

I play music since I’m 14 years old. I got a crappy guitar from my aunt that was 25 years old and has been at the attic for over 15 years. My parents wanted to make sure I really wanted to play music before I could buy my first instrument. After a few months I had shown I was serious about it and I bought my first bass guitar. I played in a few bands, but they all got separated. At a certain moment I was sick of trying to find a band and I sold my, by then, two bass guitars. I wasn’t sick of music though. I wanted to be in control of the entire production process, so I wouldn’t need anyone else to make music. With the money I got from selling my guitars I bought Ableton Live and Ableton Push. That’s where it all started for me. 

What did you do to advance your skills/knowledge?

I started viewing video’s on Youtube. That was a bit chaotic to me and it didn’t help me to get better as fast as I was hoping. That is why I signed up with Bassgorilla.com. The courses there thought me so much. First, I had a basic Ableton course to get me started and then I took a lot of start to finish courses. It has helped me to see how other producers produce. Not to copy them, but to learn skills and to see how they keep their workflow going. Together with the Bassgorilla courses I kept searching for Youtube video’s about topics I was interested in. After that I also took some specific courses on mastering. After a while I needed to get out of my cave (aka my bedroom), so beside all the online stuff I talked to a lot of other producers and produced with others as well. It has always helped me to get new insights and skills I hadn’t thought of before. At the moment I’m trying to get a degree as a music producer. I’m sure I still have a lot to learn a lot, so I keep talking to new people and hope to get better at producing every day.

What did your first set up look like?

Asus laptop, Ableton Live 9, Ableton Push, computer monitors beneath all expectations.

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 What does your current set up look like?

iMac, Ableton Live 10 Suite, Ableton Push, Pioneer S-DJ50 monitors, Komplete Kontrol S49, Komplete Audio 6, Sensheiser S-25, Fender CD-140SCE.

  

How did you get your Producer/Artist name?

My last name is Saron, so I just turned it around to get Noras. Not very inventive, but I thought it sounds good. 

If you could produce for any artist (dead or alive), who would it be? 

That would be Carl Cox. I think it’s unbelievable what he has done so far and how important he has been and still is for the evolution of electronic music. His influence on house and techno, and even beyond that, is enormous. He is talented, but he worked very hard to get where he is right now. 

What is your goal when you create?

I always want to give music a certain feeling. I think of a story and try to get the right music to go with it. It is important that I can convert a basic idea of that feeling in music fast. Mostly I don’t have 3 or 4 hours a day to think about that story. So, when I think of something, I need to get it out of my head soon. Sometimes I just make some notes or hum something on my phone. I also record audio at places where I have an idea. This way I can reconnect with that story and feeling the next time I’m in the studio. Traveling and visiting places and new cultures is very productive to me and helps me creating stories.

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What's your go-to song right now?

Nandoo by Sam Shure. I discovered it a while ago. I can listen to that song over and over again. The feeling that Sam Shure was able to get into this song is something I really love. Like I said I try to tell a story when I create music and with Nandoo, I feel like I’m in the middle of a story.


What is your dream as a Producer?

 First of all, I would love to get my degree as a Music Producer. At the moment I’m studying for that. I hope that opens doors to work for a record label or bigger studio. That way I dream to work with a lot of artist and try to have an influence on the electronic music scene.

 

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to become a Producer?

It’s probably the biggest cliché but working hard is to only way to reach your goals. Don’t try to skip any steps. To many producers are desperate to get their music signed by a record label, but sometimes you need to be patient. Don’t just sign with any label, but make sure the label can do something for you. Try to stay to your core business, which is making music. Spend a lot of time making music and try to learn something new every day (especially at the beginning). If your music is good, people will start to notice it. Make sure you only get your best tracks online. There’s really no use in putting your music online if you know it is not good enough. People will remember that, and you will have a bad name from the start. If you have a finished track which you are happy about, ask someone’s opinion. Preferably not a friend, because they will probably be more easy going than someone you don’t know. Try to finish every track you start. You will learn a lot from the process of finishing a song. I’m not saying you can only work at one track at a time, but make sure you finish everything you start. If you are finished, ask yourself if this is the best you can do at the moment. If the answer is no, then try to find out where it went wrong and focus on that in your next track. If the answer is yes, it doesn’t mean you have reached your top, but simply that this is the best you can do at the moment. Just start producing another track and you will find out you are still making progress. Spend some time engaging with the community. You will learn a lot from other producers if you are willing to listen. Be visible online. You will not be able to reach listeners if you are not online. And last but not least: believe in yourself. It will probably take you years (unless you are really lucky) before you will start making a name for yourself. Believe you have the capability to be a good producer and work hard. Eventually you will be rewarded. 

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

Website: www.norasaudio.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/noras_audio

Twitter: www.twitter.com/noras_audio

Facebook: www.facebook.com/norasaudio

Soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/noras_audio





Meko Sky ' Thx 4 Listening' Interview

Amanda Giordano

Before the interview I just want to say thank you to everyone at the Stereotype Company for the continued support.

#AboveTheStereotype

Why did you make this album?

I created ThX 4 Listening as an after effect from Stereotype.  Ok let me explain.. Stereotype was me telling my story and the struggles that I had to go through as well as many others in my community.  Now Thx 4 Listening is what happens after you take all the Stereotypes and show the world that you can make it and be successful, but with success comes different, new and even fun situations you get placed in.  


What inspired the title ' Thx 4 Listening' 

Well besides the album being a side effect of Stereotype, the title was actually inspired by people always saying, "See you not listening.." and everyone around me continuously reminding me to stay thankful, humble but hungry.. So I put the 2 ideas together and ThX 4 Listening was created.  Plus its my 4th project i've released (Bright Lights End of End, Stereotype, 718 & Heartaches).  Im just thankful for people listening (See what I did there) lol 

If you could do a remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?
Well i'm already going to do a remix to H&H and the feature I wanted on the remix actually reached out to me once he heard the track, that would be KONY Brooks.  Fellow Bronx rapper, dope rapper & if you havent heard of him.. you need to check out his music... ASAP 

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Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc
All the writing was done by me and the features (who are amazing) did their own thing, I like to let the music come naturally.  As far as producers I used a few but they're all up and coming such as Class, Illegal Spigel & Syndrome.  The inspiration pretty much came from my life and things that have gone on or that i've gone through.

What is your favorite track? Why?

Honestly I don't have a favorite track on this project, I think they just fit well together for the concept I was trying to create rather the picture I was trying to mentally draw.

What is your goal as an artist?

As an artist my goal is to tell my story, not a hip hop story, not someones ideas, MINE! I want you to understand what it is to grow up and live life.  Its not always happy and its not always good but you learn to survive and continue pushing toward success.  Gotta stay above the Stereotype.  

When did you know you wanted to make music?

I knew from the 1st moment I stepped in the booth.  At 1st I just fell in love with words and how to make people feel what your going through so they can learn form it.  See poetry was my 1st love so the ability to put my ideas on paper and breathe life into them was what i did, now once the beat comes on the track is already talking to you.  You can kinda hear what the song is suppose to be its your job to create the visuals with words..

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

My Dream stays the same but gets bigger, meaning I want to continue to release music and reach people but grow my brand as the vision grows.  I want everyone to be successful because everyone has a talent its just what you do with it that makes you stand out. As for Stereotypes, growing up in NYC in the 90s, yes stereotypes were every where and it continues to this day.  As i've gotten older & wiser ( lol ) i've come to see that the people who are suppose to protect us are the ones pushing the biggest Stereotypes.  I just wish officers of the law wouldn't be so quick to draw their weapon on someone of color, but if its the same instance with someone white there are no casualties.  i'm just saying.  I've been stopped on numerous occasions just for walking down the street, doesn't matter what I have on, they just see man of color.    


Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

Heres the good part, everytime the cops stop me they expect me to be crazy, and start yelling and going off but what do I do... Kill them with kindness, it seems to piss them off because they can rile me up lol you just have to keep your cool and listen.. Then turn walk away an hit the with... Have a good day officer 

Some last words 

I'd just like to say Thank you to everyone listening to the music and those who continue to support the dream. ThX 4 Listening is out now and on all streaming platforms.  Follow me


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Listen here to Prince Perez's new album P R I N C E

Amanda Giordano

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Why did you make this album?

This album was more about me accepting who I was as an artist and embracing what I do musically. I wanted to paint a picture of love and lust and everything in between. I wanted to speak on relationships. 

What inspired the title 'P R I N C E'?

I chose this title as my debut album because I really wanted to punctuate who I am as an artist. I wanted to come out guns blazing and let the world know who exactly I am and what they can expect to hear from me. 

If you could do remix to one song on the album and anyone as your guest feature, what song what it would be and who would you have on it?

Wow, this one is hard lol. Um, I think I would either go with carousel and get somebody like  quavo and maybe Travis Scott or body and grab trey songz and Chris brown. I think that would put those songs over the top. 

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Who helped make this album what it is? Writers, Producers, Muses, Support System, Etc

Besides the features on this album helping me mold and shape my album, I have to give a huge shoutout to Jowabbie my engineer and the head honcho of the label WHPH. He really helped bring my vision to the forefront and push me creatively. I have to give credit to my all of my Street Pavers brothers and def my iAm family. Without them in my corner, without them pushing me I don’t think this album comes out. 

What is your favorite track? Why?

My favorite track? Ahhh man. I don’t have one specific song I could pinpoint is my favorite because I love every song on this album. But if I do have to pick just one it would probably be Over You. 

What is your goal as an artist?

I want people to have fun. I want people to dance or make love or feel some type of emotion when they listen to me. I want my music to be relatable to the feelings and emotions everyone feels on a daily basis. I believe if one of my songs can touch someone positively and get them through a tough time, I truly believe I’ve done what God has put me on this earth to do. 

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When did you know you wanted to make music?

I knew I wanted to make music when I was about 8. I had a cassette tape Walkman and I would sing every song from Prince to blackstreet to jodeci. I wouldn’t stop singing I loved music. I just knew this is what I wanted to do. 

What is your dream now that you just accomplished this dream?

My dream is to be able to sustain my family and friends doing what I love the most. I want to travel the world and do shows for people who just want to rock out and have a good time. Not care about the troubles the world brings for maybe an hour. Let loose and just be free. 

Have you ever been Stereotype'd? Tell us more

I believe every gets stereotyped. Me? Yeah I’m always stereotyped lol. He’s light skin so he’s a “player”. He’s a pretty boy so he’s “soft”. I can go on, lol, but I’ll just leave that there. 

Have you ever broke a Stereotype someone had of you? Tell us about it

That “he’s light skin so he’s a player” I broke that one lol. My fiancé can attest to that because that’s what she thought when she first met me. 

Some last words 

Enjoy life while you have life and stop seeking validation from a world that is quick to overlook you. Growing up I spent so much time worrying about what others thought and wanting to fit in and be accepted. I’ve grown to learn to accept myself and that people are puzzle pieces you’ll only fit in if they connect to you. Be you above all else and if they don’t like you for you then f*** them!

Respect the Shooter Interview with Wilmer Martinez

Amanda Giordano

Wilmer Martinez

Wilmer Martinez

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in New York City and in the Dominican Republic. It was a bit difficult since I would have to keep switching schools every year until I entered High School.

How did you get into photography/videography?

i’ve always liked taking photos on my phone but never had a real DSLR camera until about 1 and a half years ago. Even looking back at the mobile shots I would take, I always felt that I had a bit of understand of what a “photo” should look like. Growing up I admire people who were good at taking photographs and could navigate the menus of their camera like the back of their hands. One of those people was my Uncle. He had a knack for taking landscapes and street photos with is Canon AE-1 Film camera.
Right before he passed away, it was given to me as a gift and I’ve kept it ever since as a reminder to never stop exploring and to keep being creative when it comes to taking photos.

What did you first use to take photos?

I first started with my iPhone 6, but eventually I saved enough money to buy my first DSLR camera which is the Canon t6i. I’ve been using this camera for about a year and a half now and I truly love everything about it. Like everything in life it has its pros and cons, but once you learn proper composition and exposure, you would then be able to use the cameras to it’s best capabilities.

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@Jessica__saldana

Where did you go to school? Do you have any formal training/self taught?

I have a technical background and went to school for computer science. A lot of my photography training/knowledge is all self taught. I like to practice what I study and sort of go at my own pace. I use a lot of reference videos from youtube and look at online courses such as Lynda. 

Practicing different techniques at different hours of the day is a huge part of my training. I set goals and challenges for myself each time I go out shooting. Example for one day I may only look for a specific shape, color, pattern and only shoot that for the entire day. Some days I challenge myself to shoot in the day time which is out of my comfort zone.

Do you have any nicknames?  How did you get that name?

As of recently my friends have started to call me the "Cyberpunk Kid", since most of my inspiration comes from Cyberpunk films, books, and art work. I’m forever building reference boards on Pinterest, so they always catch me looking at Cyberpunk images.

If you could take photos of any 3 people who would it be?

- Harrison Ford

- Ryan Gosling 

- Ana De Armas

These are the cast members to my favorite film Blade Runner 2049. Everything about that film is perfect to me. The story line, the music, and the cinematography are all masterpieces. 


If you could take photos of any 3 people that are no longer living who would they be?

-Chris Farley

Growing up I used to watch a lot of films by Chris Farley and his SNL skits are something you could never truly forget. If I could have photographed him as the lunch lady, I would have been happy for the rest of my life.

- Satoshi Kon
Satoshi Kon is the creator of one of my most favorite animated movies called Paprika. It’s visually stunning and the story is very thought provoking.

-Steve Jobs

Who wouldn’t want to take photograph of Steve Jobs?

@muah_lay

@muah_lay

If you could take photos in any 3 cities what would they be?

- Guangzhou, China

- Macau, China

- Kobe, Japan

These 3 cities are what my childhood dreams are all about. Busy streets, Neon heaven, and tall buildings. I would be most excited to take photos in Kobe since it was the inspiration behind Ghost in the Shell.

What is your goal when you capture photos of someone?

My main goal is to make sure that the person is completely comfortable and relaxed. Secondly I aim to capture something that has a fantasy element but that can at the same time be very realistic. 

What music do you listen to when you edit photos?

I mainly listen to Vaporwave, Synthwave, Lo-fi, and chill step when I am editing or trying to think of new concepts that would work well with my photos.

What's your favorite app on your phone?

That’s a tough one. Lightroom Mobile would be my favorite app…but my most used is Instagram and Reddit lol.

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What is your dream as a photographer?

To be able to travel and take the types of photos I love around the world. Continue to collaborate with amazing artist from all walks of life.

What is some advice you would give to someone with a dream to be a photographer/videographer?

Don’t pay too much attention to the negative comments/remarks people may say to you when you first start out. As you continue to practice, with time you will improve and you will find your own style. Don’t let ANYONE ever tell you that the photos you take is not real photography. What I love most about photography is that, YOU can bring YOUR vision to life. Wether it be fantasy or reality.

Where can people find you? (social media, website, etc)

instagram.com/wilmer.lens